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Comment Smart enough to know which Siri? (Score 1) 114

If they're going to do this, I'd like to see if they can do better than Microsoft (low bar, I know).

Right now, if I happen to be on my Win10 laptop while watching Netflix on the Xbox One, I could say "Hey Cortana, pause!".

The Xbox One pauses the show.

The laptop says "I'm sorry, but I can't do that right now."

It is like they really didn't expect any Xbox One owners to have a Windows 10 laptop.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 128

Well the reason is that if the US doesn't give up control, countries have been threatening with building their own internet infrastructure to run in parallel.

If these countries (Brazil, Russia, etc) did create a "second internet", then Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, would all be shut off from their customers in those regions.

Great example!

So, as a result, the Internet will need to comply with the whims or regulations of Brazil and Russia. You've surely seen that they really have a poor view of encryption as well.

Granted, the USA isn't rocking freedom of encryption right now, but I like our chances of changing the US government over changing the mind of the world.

Comment Blame the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) (Score 4, Interesting) 206

The MCX, which has Walmart and CVS in their membership, wanted to push their anti-consumer CurrentC app so they could avoid credit card charges.

CVS even had a working mobile wallet payment system working with Android, but disabled it when Apple Pay was launched.

When the world's largest retailer doesn't want to support something, it gets hard to adopt it.


Comment Re:Defective Product (Score 1) 57

My bad. From my POV, you were replying to the GP in defense:

In this day and age, a device with telnet and no password is fundamentally a defective product.

However, I can see now that you were replying to an AC reply to that, which was hidden by default on my settings.

That said, I'd really like to understand why a product made *today* would have any reason for Telnet.

Comment Re:Statistical analysis demonstrated this long ago (Score 1) 305

The reason we don't yet have communications is because it's a lot of effort for almost zero gain.

The methods used to learn how to talk to dolphins, even if it is to chat about their next meal, can be expanded to other things.

The most fun one is the idea of talking to another lifeform from another planet. Highly unlikely, I know.

However, the lessons learned in this can help human to machine and reverse conversations. Getting a better universal translator, etc.

Finally, I can also see another direct benefit related to food and danger for dolphins: "Warning! We're taking your food and it is dangerous to you in this area. Stay back or you will be hurt."

Comment Re:In before... (Score 1) 150

I do DNS for a large enterprise.
We have a subdomain just for user-friendly names.
Only CNAMES or A records pointing to a load balancer are allowed.
Outside of those two rules, I don't give a shit what name you want. If you're the first one to grab it, and it is in a request that ties back to you so I can tell them who asked for H4X0R.user.domain.tld, you can have all you want.

But yeah, I agree. Places that don't allow this are jerks.

Comment Re:What about so-called "data hogs"? (Score 1) 196

Unlimited Smartphone Mobile Hotspot data (tethering) at 2G speeds.

Smartphone Mobile Hotspot: Add 5GB of high-speed tethering when you need it for $15.


TFA is about this new plan T-Mobile is doing, so that's what we're discussing, not the plan you're on right now.

Comment Re:What about so-called "data hogs"? (Score 1) 196

How does T-Mobile know I'm tethering unless it's their phone with special hooks?

Some phones flat tell the cellular provider.

Sometimes, the provider knows what the normal TTL for a device is (64 for an iPhone, for example), and if they see something less than that, they know it is from a tethered device.

See also: TCP/IP stack fingerprinting.

Could you find a way around it? I bet so, with a fully rooted phone and a lot of work. Perhaps using a proxy running on the phone hardware, for example.

Still, it will be a lot of work, and it only takes getting caught once for you to invalidate the TOS for T-Mobile and be un-invited as a customer.

Comment Re:really a price increase (Score 1) 71

I've lived through 128k cellular data for a few years. It is still quite useful.

I can send iMessages, get my email, send email, and sync my newsreader.

It will also allow my devices to be tracked if lost or stolen.

I would MUCH rather be throttled for a couple days if I've gone over by accident than be charged when I don't NEED the speed most of the time.

Comment Isn't level 4 fully autonomous? (Score 1) 101

Actually, in the course of asking this question, I found my own answer and will share with others.

The NHTSA has levels 0 through 4, with 0 being fully driver-controlled (not even ABS, which is level 1) and level 4 being fully computer-controlled.

The SAE uses levels 0 through 5. Level 4 is:

The automated system can control the vehicle in all but a few environments such as severe weather. The driver must enable the automated system only when it is safe to do so. When enabled, driver attention is not required.

So, I suppose this means that during bad weather, the service would be unavailable.

Comment Re:What will the police do for revenue? (Score 2) 101

Do you have any evidence that their traffic ticket revenue exceeds their budget for traffic enforcement?

Fuel, wear and tear on the cars, high-speed runs out to crash sites, multiple officers required to route traffic around crash sites, etc.

Add to that the administrative overhead of tickets. Sending the summons, processing it through the court system, even getting paid costs money.

Every cop I know would love to not have to walk up on a depreciation, bodies burned in a fire, or child death from an automobile wreck.
I don't know any of them that actually enjoy handing out tickets, but they do it to avoid the aforementioned grizzly scenes.

Comment Re: Good thing you have a choice (Score 1) 537

No, I'm saying it should be legal for people to block whatever signals they want within a building they own. You said about it shouldn't be.
Besides, it is quite easy to justify a faraday cage-like structure in your walls "for extra structural support".
Unless you mandate the carriage of all wireless signals in every corner of the country, it can't be illegal to design a building to block them.

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